July 7, 2014

Dobber

2014-07-07

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Tough news from out of Ottawa. GM Bryan Murray was recently diagnosed with cancer and will begin treatment immediately. My thoughts are with him for what will be a difficult battle ahead. 

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Chris Tanev gets $2 million this year. Kyle Quincey gets $4.25 million.

Zack Kassian gets $1.75 million this year. Benoit Pouliot gets $4 million.

Ah, the joy of being unrestricted versus restricted…

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Pens GM Jim Rutherford had this to say about their first-round pick from this year Kasperi Kapanen:

“We have to keep in mind that Kapanen could come in and make this team,” he said. “He’s played with men [in Finland] for two years. He’s a good player.”

So that’s an unexpected and interesting quote. Rutherford is hit and miss with these kind of statements. I remember he said it about Zach Boychuk (boo) but also about Jeff Skinner (Yay!)

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Jokerit is trying to get Teemu Selanne to play one more year – for them, in his old uniform.

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Last week I had an article in The Hockey News on my 10 picks from the 2014 draft in terms of fantasy value. I re-posted it here for you to read.

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Some minor moves that caught my eye over the last few days…

Carolina re-signed Jared Staal to a two-way contract. I don’t think they were going to let him go even if they felt that he really sucked. After all, his two brothers are the center of this team.

Calgary signed Brad Thiessen, I guess to be their AHL backup. Because I can’t see them taking starts away from a homegrown talent in Joni Ortio whom they’ve spent so much time and money on.

The Leafs signed Troy Bodie to a one-year deal. I didn’t see this not happening, since he’s married to the president’s daughter. But this is a great signing as long as he (and Leo Komarov) replace Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren. Please.

Interesting to see Dallas sign Bill Ranford’s son Brendan to a three-year deal. The Flyers let him walk, and then Dallas gave him a training camp invite last year. He earned a minor-league deal with their affiliate and played well enough for a contract. I’m just surprised that they went full-on with the three years. Good for him.

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Plenty of development camp news, as they are opening for a lot of teams today (or last week) and throughout this week. Here are links to more information, rosters, etc.:

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